CFHS code : MG240
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES ADOLPHE DESIRE BRUVET d 4th October 1883 in his 58th year also of ELISE his beloved wife d Sep 12th 1876 aged 36 and lies interred in Northamptonshire General Cemetery reverse In Loving Memory of AUGUSTINE BRUVET who died at Uxbridge May 9 1894 aged 53
Monument : Column with cross on top
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This monument was recorded by the CFHS survey as being in the parish of St Mary the Great but it is actually in Holy Trinity.
In Loving Memory of CHARLES ADOLPHE DESIRE BRUVET who departed this life on the 4th day of October 1883 in his 58th year
Also of ELISE his beloved wife who departed this life on Sep 12th 1876 aged 36 and lies interred in Northamptonshire General Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of AUGUSTINE BRUVET who died at Uxbridge May 9 1894 aged 53
Charles Adolphe Desire Bruvet (c 1826 – 1883)
Charles was born in Paris, France. He and his wife Elise had at least six children; Emile (b 1861 Ireland) Desire (b 1865), Adolphe (b 1866), Charles (b 1868), Elise (b 1870) and Augustine (b 1872).
We know they came to Cambridge between 1861 and 1865 by looking at the baptism records. Desire and Adolphus were baptised at St Andrews church Chesterton but it is not known where in the parish they were living. All the other children were baptised at St Paul’s Church, Hills Road. It seems Adulphus [Adulphe] may have been baptised twice. Charles worked for several colleges as a chef, of some repute, before building the “Prince of Wales” hotel in Sydney Street 1881. He became a naturalised English-man in 1876 and was elected city councillor for Market Ward in 1878.
The story is related in more detail on the Lost Cambridge blog spot.
After his comparatively early death his children moved away from Cambridge. The boys who had assisted in the running of their father’s hotel all went into the catering business. Elise was a governess but took over the role of housekeeper for her siblings, after the death of her aunt, and Augustine the youngest child became a dance teacher.
Elise Bruvet (c 1840 – 1876)
Elise was born in Alsace, France. She was probably married aged about 19. It is possible that she was in hospital when she died.
Augustine Bruvet (c 1842 – 1894)
Augustine was the sister of Charles. She was born in France but had become a British subject by the 1881 census when she was living with the family in Sidney Street, Cambridge and listed as housekeeper. It is likely that she had joined the family when Elise died. In 1891 she was living in Uxbridge with four of the Bruvet children and still acting as their housekeeper.
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CFHS transcripts of Parish and census records
British newspaper archive
Edited by Mary Naylor with thanks to Anthony Carpen for alerting us to this interesting story.